New Disquietude podcast episode: music by Lesley Flanigan, Dave Seidel, KMRU, Celia Hollander, and John Hooper; interview with Flanigan; commentary; short essay on reading waveforms. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #field-recording, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code. Rewinding the soundscape.

Past Week at

  • RIP, Jack J. Hayes (b. 1919), longtime screen composer (Virginian), orchestrator (Incredibles), conductor (Taxi Driver) #
  • Completed The Gate, currently playing OASIS, looking forward to T'Rain. #
  • Heard from @banabila after writing about his vocal cut-up work. Added some information about his process to the post: #
  • Assuming it's a coincidence there's an Another Earth ad on the @nytimes page with a Budd Hopkins obituary. #
  • Alphas may be the most sound-oriented TV drama this side of Fringe. #
  • Wondering when all the moralizing pundits who blast rap- and rave-associated violence will start slamming professional sports. #
  • Parsing 2000-plus emails accumulated during my two-week break. Fighting impulse for another PR-corrective tweet. #
  • Excited to read Chihei Hatakeyama performs in Brisbane tonight. Then learned it was the one in Australia, not California. #sadmarc #
  • Back in the CSU Sonoma library, whose third floor is splendidly labeled a "Text Only Zone." (Referring to phones, not books.) #
  • Main reason I traded up from a TRS-80 to the "classic" Mac was because the latter was "portable." Man, remember that backpack? #lol #sadmac #
  • First thing I did on my first Mac (1984) was try to reproduce Tom Phillips' inside-jacket art from King Crimson's Starless and Bible Black. #
  • Thinking about my first Mac (the "classic"), which I bought freshman year of college when my TRS-80 had run its course. #
  • Hate the genre, not the band. #
  • Man, bassist Cliff Burton died a quarter century ago this coming September 27. #metallica #
  • Great to have taken a two-week Twitter/Disquiet break. And great to be back. Brain and ears cleansed. #
  • Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams faces cancer. Support him by supporting Sparkplug. I recommend Shiga's Bookhunter: #
  • Madama Butabara #baconoperas #
  • Satyagraham #baconoperas #
  • Third week in a row I've missed the Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco. First two in NY, now in Sonoma. #
  • Back home in San Francisco after two weeks, welcomed by fog horns. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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  • My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, was published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury. It has been translated into Japanese (2019) and Spanish (2018).

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